I’m A Celebrity 2020 contestants to face terrifying spooky ghost trials as show moves to haunted Gwrych Castle in Wales

I'M A Celebrity contestants will face a series of terrifying tasks to fit in with the show's spooky new setting at Gwrych Castle in Wales.

Show bosses' creative juices have been bubbling away to create creepy games that are guaranteed to make this year's stars shudder.

An insider told The Sun: "I'm A Celebrity is all about stars facing their fears – and this year will be as terrifying as ever, a real test of their bravery.

"Some trials will nod to the castle's spooky history – expect chilling trials with creepy tasks – they'll send a real shiver down celeb's spines."

The castle's history is steeped in supernatural goings on.

Its ruins are said to be stalked by the ghost of past owner, Winifred Cochrane, the Countess of Dundonald, who died in 1924.

There have also been sightings of deceased gamekeepers within the grounds, which include a pet cemetery.

Guard dogs on the site in the 80s reportedly refused to enter the stables as well as a room in the main castle where the Countess' spiritual healer is thought to have held séances.

And satanic rituals are said to have been held in the castle's basement in the past.

Earlier today The Sun revealed the show is under threat as Wales has been hit by new lockdown rules.

It is due to start filming in the next few weeks – but the county of Conwy is under new restrictions on social bubbles and meeting indoors.

The new guidance posted online by the Welsh government states "people will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a bubble)".

It adds that "meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) is not allowed at the moment".

Meeting indoors can now only go ahead with a "good reason" for example "providing care to a vulnerable person".

Most devastatingly for the show's production team "people will not be allowed to enter or leave the Conwy County Borough area without a reasonable excuse".

An ITV spokesman told The Sun Online: "I'm A Celebrity continues to adhere to all relevant guidelines as well as our own strict Covid protocols."

Even if the cast and crew do manage to enter the castle's borough, the ban on bubbles will make it difficult for this year's stars to be allowed to film together – and the prevention of indoor mingling could force the celebs outside in the harsh British winter.

ITV bosses splashed out more than £1million to hire Gwrych Castle for six weeks after the ongoing coronavirus pandemic ruled out the show's usual setting in the Australian jungle.

The Sun revealed that producers have broken the bank to transform the derelict venue into a TV set.

Big money has been shelled out to make the early 19th-century building safe, with the installation of electrics and hundreds of yards of pipes for running water.


And in a first for the popular reality show, the stars were set to sleep under a roof to protect them from the cold weather.

However, the new rules may leave bosses with no choice but to find somewhere else – and with local lockdowns ever-changing it could be impossible to plan anything too far in advance.

Still, ITV have managed to overcome coronavirus-related obstacles in the past, including resuming filming on both Coronation Street and Emmerdale by making the sets COVID-safe.

It is even possible that lockdown regulations in Conwy will have eased by the time filming starts, with I'm A Celeb usually kicking off in November for three weeks.

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